CI’s Jeremiah Valoaga signed by UNLV

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Jeremiah ‘’Mia” Valoaga, 17, a senior at Channel Islands High School decided to sign with the University of Nevada-Las Vegas after many schools had offered him opportunities to attend their schools.

Valoaga signed for a position as a defensive end, but in the future hopes to go back to playing a tight end position.

“They offered me a 5-year (scholarship) to play football,” Valoaga said. “They told me that I would be able to play right away, as opposed to the other colleges that said I would have to wait to play.”

UNLV, a Division I team in the Mountain Western Conference, is coached by second-year head coach Bobby Hauck. Their all- time record is 221-264-4 and their postseason record is 3-0. They play their home football games at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas.

Valoaga, a 6-foot-7 varsity receiver, was supposed to transfer out of Channel Islands his sophomore year to attend Oaks Christian in Westlake. However, he decided to stay and prove to people that it is not necessary to attend a big school in order to be successful.

He said, ‘’I have my family’s and also my girlfriend’s support.”

He was named Defensive Player of the Year in the Pacific View League this year and also led the Raiders in receptions.

During Valoaga’s senior year of football he scored up to 10 touch downs and received 738 yds.

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